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    Green Philly Blog

    Green Philly Blog helps you live a more sustainable lifestyle. Founded in 2008 to make sustainability accessible for all Philadelphians, Green Philly is a community-focused resource that educates and empowers its readers.

    Find out about local changemakers making a difference, ethical businesses and individuals. Visit our events calendar for things to do. Discover how to recycle odd objects in our Where Can I Wednesday column.

    We also have resources including a community events calendar, job board and local guides. Green Philly hosts the annual SustainPHL, Philly’s sustainability awards ceremony and celebration.

    How it


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    One Winter day in 2008, two colleagues carpooled from Northern Liberties to Suburbia, PA. As they chatted on I-76, they shockingly discovered that their employer’s recycling bins were being emptied into the trash and that they both cared more than the average individual about this discovery.They were outraged.

    Green Philly began from mutual frustrations and expectation that we – Philadelphia, young adults, and community – could simply do better. Be better.

    As our website has evolved, we promise the same core values that grew from our roots: local, easy and low-cost choices to live sustainably. We realize that being ‘green’ goes beyond recycling and affects every day choices we make.

    You don’t have to spend more money, go out of your way, or be the odd man out to reduce your carbon footprint. Just change your choices with simple tweaks, and you’ll help change the world.

    Meet our


    Julie Hancher: Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief

    Julie is a local sustainability expert, writer, speaker and social media marketing maven. She’s been quoted in Philadelphia Magazine, She Knows, CNN, Metro and MNN and has spoken at several conferences about sustainability, blogging and social media. As a Penn State alumna, she exudes passion in anything she tries.

    Although she’s been writing novels since the 4th grade, she never dreamed to be a blogger – it happened out of love for sustainability, communicating online and spreading the green gospel minus the boring. Many workshops, lessons and WordPress mishaps later, she trains others with these invaluable online tools.

    Permanently with a compass, her all-time favorite passion is traveling, whether to explore a new urban jungle, taste local dishes or enjoy nature’s beauty across the globe. She tackles vegetarian recipes with determination, in recent years morphing into an amateur cook. Although she loves being active and will try any sport, her lack of coordination will always get the best of her. (That doesn’t stop her from trying . . .)

    When she’s not biking, googling her CSA vegetables or laughing in the park with wine and friends, she helps local businesses with social media & digital marketing through Green Philly Company. Her favorite things include craft beer, cheese, platypuses, heartfelt advice and her devious tabby cat.



    Local Leaders

    Want to learn from our city’s best in sustainability? Our Local Leaders Spotlight column features leading authorities including scientists, representatives from local government and local nonprofits like the Food Trust. Learn from Philly’s brightest in the GPB easy-to-digest format.


    Kristina Beese

    Kristina Beese is the co-owner of The Beese Knees, a gourmet ice cream cake company in Philadelphia. With a B.S. in Photography, she styles and photographs all her confections using both digital and 35mm film. Kristina believes cooking is a labor of love and wants to inspire others to find joy in their kitchens.


    Alisha Ebling

    Alisha Ebling is a writer, biker, vegan food consumer, and lover of all things book-related. You can find more of her writing on her website, or follow her @alishakathryn.

    Julia Knable

    Julia studies Marketing in the Fox School at Temple University. After a summer internship at Terracycle inspired her to learn about what she could do to help and protect our ever-changing planet, she ended up with a stint at Green Philly. Along with her passion for sustainability, look for her in a red polo and khakis giving tours of Temple University, on the court of a basketball game working as a athletic marketing assistant or taking a long run down Kelly drive.

    Join the Green Philly Family

    Do you want to talk about sustainability in Philadelphia? We accept contributions from community members or from subject matter experts in our Local Leaders Spotlight. Get started by submitting a post here.

    Interested in becoming a contributor?